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#1 GrumpyTrucker

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 11:11 AM

Hey all. Anyone else notice what appears to be a huge hit on the phone battery when using Sync to play music? I just had mine drain by 15% on a 20 minute drive. When playing through a standard Bluetooth headset I can go for hours on 10%

 

It's a cracking feature, but not a lot of use if the phone goes flat after an hour!



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Posted 23 May 2014 - 12:06 PM

No, my Phone is perfectly fine, Android though, those inferior apple devices may be different :D



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Posted 23 May 2014 - 12:11 PM

I have the iPhone 5s and mines always on Bluetooth sync playing music, doesn't have a dramatic battery drop like that ?

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 12:20 PM

Weird. You guys streaming or playing stuff off the device? I'm now wondering if the 3G is working harder due to the element in the heated screen.


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Posted 23 May 2014 - 12:29 PM

Streaming and playing via BT will kill the battery, much like when you use the phone to tether it kills the battery.



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Posted 23 May 2014 - 12:31 PM

It's probably worth buying a £10 USB stick and play your music from that, see if your phone still drains it's battery when it's not doing anything.



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Posted 23 May 2014 - 12:56 PM

Or just buy a usb lead and have your phone on charge while you play music ?

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 12:58 PM

Or just buy a usb lead and have your phone on charge while you play music ?

Yeah that's probably the easiest option.

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 04:32 PM

Streaming and playing via BT will kill the battery, much like when you use the phone to tether it kills the battery.


Thing is I can stream from Spotify to a Bluetooth headset, and if doing nothing else with the phone (as is the case here), I lose maybe 20% in 4 hours. Now, the area I'm driving around is on the fringes of 4G so I wonder if constant searching is a problem. Will knock 4G off to see

As for cables - I've got cables. Sick of cables trailing around the gear stick though. I've got a cable free option now and I'd rather use that.

USB stick - can't stream Spotify off that :)


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Posted 23 May 2014 - 04:57 PM

Best thing is to sub to spotify create a playlist of your music via te app and on wifi then make the list available offline and you can still listen to your tracks without streaming much better


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Posted 23 May 2014 - 05:15 PM

I do subscribe. But I never know what I want to listen to until I'm out on the road, so having everything I've got listed would fill my phone :D (which is already pretty full with audiobooks :D )

I'll keep an eye on this battery drain and see how it goes.


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Posted 23 May 2014 - 05:22 PM

Yeah I know what you mean it sucks your GB allowance aswell I burnt 3-4 gig in no time on streaming so made a playlist lol


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Posted 30 May 2014 - 01:58 AM

Update: I turned 4G off on the phone and mostly I'm seeing much less battery drain when connected to Sync. I guess because where I am is right on the fringes of two overlapping 4G areas but it hasn't reached my area officially yet, I think the phone has been 'hunting' a lot.


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Posted 30 May 2014 - 08:04 AM

Yeah I know what you mean it sucks your GB allowance aswell I burnt 3-4 gig in no time on streaming so made a playlist lol


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Mate of mine has a 6 series with TV tuner and Wifi direct for playing video, 1 episode of Dexter over 4G on a trip up north hoovered up 3.4 GB straight away lol



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